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“The Queer Dictionary” photo project


Gull Life Editor

As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Salisbury University junior Samantha Curtin hopes her pictures can convey even more meaning than that as her images educate viewers on life for the LGBTQ+ community.

“I want to bring light to this community and the love and struggles they face every day,” Curtin said.

Curtin, a communications major and art minor, said photography first sparked her interest in middle school, and it grew in high school when she took an advanced photo class. She had a concentration project for that class which focused on the negative effects of society on girls. Now in a digital photography class with SU lecturer Jeanne Anderton, Curtin is taking on a concentration project once again for her final portfolio.

Her images will portray those who identify within the LGBTQ+ community embracing their sexuality and exemplifying the meaning of the label that comes with it. Curtin, who identifies as pansexual, said she came up with the name Queer Dictionary to include all people of the LGBTQ+ community and to clearly show representation of the particular identity.

Curtin said models will evoke their sexuality through a pose and creative scenery with the actual word for their label being incorporated as well. Whether the meaning is obvious or takes more thought to understand, Curtin wants to educate people about the community and be as inclusive as possible.

“I wanted to do something that was special to me but also special to others,” she said.

For those interested in modeling for the project, Curtin said that her only requirement is that a model must identify with the LGBTQ+ community. She said no modeling experience is necessary, and it is not limited to just students—she is looking for diversity in every aspect.

Curtin even has a model release form for those interested, where they can specify what they are comfortable with. For example, nudity or no nudity, or showing or hiding their face. She also makes it a point to meet with models before shooting to establish a relationship and a level of comfortability.

Curtin made it clear that her top priority was the safety, well-being and comfort of her models.

“I think people should get involved because I want to do something for this community,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to do a big project like this that brings people together for a good cause.”

To set up an appointment or to get more information about the project, Curtin can be reached at or via her website irishrosephotography.weebly. com.

Curtin said her photos will be on display in the Student Art Center, which is located on West College Avenue, next semester from Feb. 19 to March 4.

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